Dr. Pascal Friton

Media, Telecommunication and Technology

Media, Telecommunications and Technology are currently among the most dynamic and disruptive industries. Companies are constantly developing new and adapting existing business models. Both regulators and enforcers can hardly keep up with the speed of innovation. Notably, the German Federal Cartel Office is at the forefront of “digital enforcement”, closely watched by competition authorities worldwide. Foreign investments into German key technologies are under increasingly close watch by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.


  • Vodafone: Representation before the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf and the Federal Court of Justice in complaints procedures against the Bundeskartellamt decision clearing the joint venture between EWE and Deutsche Telekom for joint fibre deployment; advising on the investigation concerning the envisaged “Grey Spots” cooperation with Deutsche Telekom

  • Regular merger control advice to major media companies (inter alia Axel Springer, Bertelsmann, and Penguin Random House)

  • Advising US company Adtran regarding merger control and foreign direct investment aspects in the acquisition of Adva Optical

  • Advising RTL Radio and Regiocast regarding a joint venture for investments in the audio technology space

  • Advising international platforms regarding competition law and foreign investment control related issues (Facebook, Delivery Hero, Zoom)

  • Advising juris on public procurement and contractual law

  • Representing an international film production company in proceedings against the European Commission before the European courts

  • Representing the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in a preliminary injunction procedure of Taiwan chip supplier GlobalWafers in its Siltronic takeover before the Administrative Court of Berlin and the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg

  • Advising Axel Springer and Delivery Hero on sanctions law issues

  • Advising a publishing group on a public procurement procedure

  • Advising Julep Media on FDI control aspects regarding its sale to Liberated Syndication Inc. (Libsyn)

Highly recommend Anna Huttenlauch and BLOMSTEIN - extremely media-savvy, highly responsive team, always offering profound and hands on advice.
Philipp König, Bertelsmann